Group in court over explicit Facebook group
Publish date: 09 August 2017
Issue Number: 1695
Diary: Legalbrief eLaw
Six young men in Nova Scotia, Canada, treated the sexual integrity of girls as young as 13 like ‘bartering chips or baseball cards’ when they shared intimate images of them without their consent, the Crown argued in its sentencing recommendations. The teens have admitted to forming a private Facebook group where they decided to exchange photos of at least 20 girls, ranging in age from 13 to 17, without their consent. They were scheduled to be sentenced last week, but the case was adjourned until 6 September, due in part to the fact that one of the accused did not comply with the requirements of a pre-sentence report. The Globe and Mail reports that defence lawyers had also asked for more time after the Crown submitted a brief outlining proposed penalties. The 21-page document, submitted in the Bridgewater provincial court, says the young men should be prohibited from using social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat.